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briefed on war plans. >> brian: that was part of the u.n. declaration. the first thing was, declare a cease fire. he has to do it. he did it. he already accomplished his goal. so gadhafi has got to be laughing. >> alisyn: the president will be speaking about this at some point this afternoon and "fox & friends" will be on this all weekend. join me tomorrow. see you. martha: there is breaking news. new word of a cease-fire in libya's foreign minister saying libya will cease all military operations after weeks of fighting government rebels after the u.n.-approved use of force in a no-fly zone in an effort to protect civilians on the ground from moammar qaddafi's forces. qaddafi warned hell would await anyone that attacked his
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country. >> we'll answer them. our response will make their lives hell as well as they are making our lives well. they will never enjoy peace because this is injustice. martha: i'm martha mccallum. rick: i'm rick folbaum. >> this resolution should send a strong message to colonel qaddafi and his regime that the violence must stop, the killing must stop and the people of libya mist be protected and have the opportunity to express themselves freely. qaddafi has lost his legitimacy. there is no justification for his leadership now that he perpetrated violence against his own people. rick: this is video of an air
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strike against a rebel camp near benghazi. martha: david, what specifically does this resolution authorize? report it imposes a no supply zone over libya. it says all libyan flights. but if you look at the language of this resolution it's much broader. it says all necessary action can be taken to protect civilians. libya defense and aircraft can be targeted. and u.n. states can target tanks and artillery on the ground. the language is broad. but one thing that is not authorized, no troops on the ground. the u.n. states can use aircraft and missile strikes from ships. france says military action can commence within a matter of hours. nato planes we are told are set to strike.
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martha: we saw qaddafi's reaction there. how did the rebels opposing him react to the u.n. yesterday? rick: rebel forces were closely monitoring what was happening at the united nations. people were gathered around television sets. when the resolution passed, people erupted into cheers. they celebrated with fireworks. all see an interesting turn of events at the united nations. the libyan deputy u.n. ambassador who denounced the qaddafi regime says the resolution will make people in libya feel safer. >> this is a mess and to the libyan people that they are not alone. it is also a clear mess and to colonel qaddafi and those
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supporting him that there is no place for dictatorship and killing the people. >> reporter: one thing noting. qaddafi's regime has now declared a cease-fire. but moments before the resolution passed qaddafi himself said as far as he's concerned, the u.n. has no legitimate mandate. have much contradictory messages from the regime. martha: thank you so much. rick: we are getting news from a couple news organizations. four n times journalists captured and detained in libya earlier this week have been found and they are going to be released. they are going to be freed today. these are journalists who were evidently detained by government forces that are loyal to the
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government there, moammar qaddafi. again word that they will be released later today. so that's good news. we are getting some brand-new fox news poll on the libyan crisis. 65% of registered voters say they are opposed to our military getting involved with libya. martha: we want to hear from you. has president obama in your opinion done a good job handling the situation in libya? we just saw susan rice, the libyan ambassador. decide what you think. we'll see what the viewers are saying. and in the meantime, more from the middle east. this fox news this morning crossing the wires out of yemen. we are getting reports of security forces with killed 31 of the protesters. the attack during an
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anti-government demonstration in a santa ana *. we'lin sana'a. rick: the president addressing the japan crisis during a news conference. >> i want to be very clear, we do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the united states, whether iting the west coast, hawaii, alaska, or u.s. territories in the pacific. rick: officials in japan are calling it a race against time. we have video for you of water being dropped into the overheating reactors at the fukushima plant. this is something that has not
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proven successful in the past. japan is raising the severity of the situation from a 4 to a 5. the government is acknowledging that it was overwhelmed and continues to be overwhelmed by the situation. gavin blair is on the phone from japan. i understand you are traveling to sendai, which is one of the areas hardest hit by this catastrophy. >> reporter: we just popped through the u.s. exclusion zone or the japanese he can collusion zone. it has been reclassified up to a 5. the chopper missions to drop water has had minimal effect on cool the plant. they tried hosing the plant with fire engines. but apparently the fire truck hoses couldn't reach the plant.
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however, having said that, the levels of radiation in tokyo have returned to normal. apparently the italian embassy found that levels of radiation were a fifth of what they were in rome. so there has been some and nick tokyo but levels are back to normal there. and i don't think it's going to be reaching the united states in any meaningful level. rick: you are on your wayon the u.s. he can collusion zone. how much close do you plan to get. >> reporter: we just passed through the exclusion zone so we are moving away from it thankfully. we are going to move on further to remote northern towns where they are suffering from a lack
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of supply and the cold is severely affecting them. it has been very cold the last few days with snow here and there are people without adequate food, heating and water. rick: thanks very much, gavin. martha, over to you. martha: they have been trying to get the electricity flowing to get water back to those reactors. the chernobyl solution may be a last ditch effort to prevent a full scale meltdown that's possible in all four of these reactors. back in 1986 in the chernobyl situation the workers buried that reactor in tons of sand. they threw together a concrete mixture. it ended up crack and leaking radiation into the atmosphere and the water as well.
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so not a perfect solution. but might it work this time around? we'll talk about the chernobyl solution for japan. will it work? rick: a california power plant is sending a huge shipment of boric acid over to japan. military personnel from vandenberg air base helped load boric acid onto a cargo plane. >> we are the on air force in the world that can do what we are doing right now. this happens day in and day aught all over the world by america's air force. >> we are trying to get supplies there on time to do our part. rick: rick sent tons of boric acid to japan as well. martha: qaddafi's government
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calling a cease-fire. that move comes one day after the u.s. authorized a no-fly zone with the cooperation of the u.n. rick: efforts continue to cool off those reactors with problems at that plant going back 13 years? we'll dig deeper. >> i would love their thought thoughts ... what can you do with plain mashed potatoes? when you pour chunky beef with country vegetable soup over it, you can do dinner.
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martha: oil climbing above $103 a barrel. traders are concerned all of this could prolong the conflict and threaten exports. let's go to arizona where state senators are rejecting five
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bills dealing with immigration. it's one of a dozen states where lawmakers promised to push through legislation dealing with birth right legislation and a bill that would have band illegals from attending state universities. rick: within the last hour government official have declared a cease-fire. this move coming one day after the u.n. authorized a no-fly zone. several countries are preparing a military response. here is david cameron addressing parliament in the u.k. this morning. >> our consistent approach has been to isolate qaddafi regime, freeze its money and shrink its money, and make sure those responsible for abuses are held to account.
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rick: gordon jomroe, what do you make of the cease-fire announcement? >> i think qaddafi is playing for time. he watched the international community sit on the sidelines for the last 31 days. i think he thinks if he puts a cease-fire in place, that he can hold off on military action. we'll just have to see. rick: this is not the first cease-fire that has been called. there have been previous cease-fires that have been called to give the rebels a chance to surrender. >> they did not want to surrender and they had been holding out hope for support from the united states, arab countries and nato. hopefully they will get it soon. rick: if qaddafi is trying to buy some more time. now this u.n. resolution that
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calls for all necessary measures to be taken, how do you measure the resolve of the international community? what are we talking about here? >> i don't think we'll see ground forces go into libya, but i think we'll see air strikes not just to have a no-fly zone, but hopefully against his tank columns and artillery and his troops on the ground so that the rebels can try and retake some of the territory they recently had. it's unfortunate this resolution didn't come sooner in order to help the rebels out. rick: what do you think would be the first step and how quickly do you think we would see it. we don't have any reaction from the united states or great britain or france. how long do you think qaddafi buys with this cease-fire until we see military action take place? >> this whole point in doing
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this, is once the u.s., the europeans and arabs go in with military strikes he will say we violated the cease-fire. he put a cease-fire in place trying to fact good faith and we violated it. i hope it's not too much longer that we see military action from western and arab powers. but they have probably got to be rethinking their position with this cease-fire announcement. rick: do you think the u.s. is kicking itself for waiting so long forgetting to this point? >> a little bit. the japanese quake was a distraction. but this libyan uprising started before the japanese earthquake. i say a distraction. it was a tragedy that took away the focus of the white house on libya and focusing on the issues in japan. but they also had to remain focused on helping the people of libya who are trying to get rid of their dictator for the last
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40 years. rick: any acceptable end to this where qaddafi remains in power? >> i don't think so. president obama called him to leave. qaddafi has too go. then president obama didn't take a whole lot of action until the u.n. vote last night. he has to follow through on his commitment the see qaddafi out the door. rick: thanks very much for your time this morning. gore doins the former national security spokesman under president bush. martha: where does the president's job approval rating stands. we have new poll numbers. rick: when duty calls the u.s. military is there. just moments from now, how our troops are helping the
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rick: this is brand-new video from hawaii. this is tsunami damage once the waves reached hawaii. surveillance video from kona, hawaii. this was shot friday. you can see the water rushing through the glass, flooding the store. fortunately the store has insurance to help cover the damage. martha: back to the situation where the clock is ticking towards a possible nuclear meltdown. they are trying to get power back up there to cool the
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reactors. a u.s. company is donating 200 radiation protection suits to the japanese crew known as the fukushima 50. the 180 people row naight and out of there. japan is calling this a 5 out of a 7. other sources called it a 6. france * has been saying since tuesday, they are already at a level 6. orlando salinas is joining us from a plant in florida. i guess they will pretty busy today. >> reporter: they can produce 500 radiation block suits. they have been in business five years. this is the man. this is dan edwards. the director at radiation suit
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technology. you are looking at a suit that weighs 10 pounds made of a one of a kind only made here in florida of a material called demron. >> it's made with the world's only nuclear, biological and chemical that blocks iodide radiation. >> reporter: you donated 200 of these to japan. they should have them in japan by this weekend hopefully. why will this suit make a difference. >> the workers have no protection. they are not being protected. >> reporter: this is the material demron. this is awfully light. it's made with a liquid metal nanotechnology that uses liquid metal. what we have here is a
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low-energy gama source. >> reporter: i want them to hear this. hold on. we are hearing what? >> the counts per minutes off the gama source. you will watch that go from 1,000 to 100, which is a 90% reduction. >> reporter: there are all kinds of u.s. agencies using these. let me ask you, though. as far as here in the united states, nuclear plants here in america, i take it they don't have these. >> they don't. report why not? >> i guess they don't -- not too worried about being an incident use for them. what's happening in japan hopefully they will be or
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preparedness taking place. >> reporter: these folks need to expand. like i said. they have donated 200 of these incredible radiation blocking suits and they hope to have them in japan by this weekend. martha: thank you so much. rick: the president's approval rating taking a hit in recent weeks. how is he handling all the different crises in japan and libya. juan williams will be here. martha: you have seen japan's massive quake. but manage the quake strike moments after their little baby was born. it happened to this couple. now they are back home in the united states. we'll hear from them next. >> it started shake really hard. the nurse were awesome. everybody was great. every time it started shake
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rick: officials in japan admitting they are overwhelmed went tsunami assistant quake and snout nuclear crisis. japan is accepting help from the u.s. freezing temperatures are posing
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a risk not just for homeless quake victims but also for rescue crews and their relief efforts. the workers at the fukushima plants working against the clock trying to prevent a meltdown. molly henneberg live at the white house. what kinds of support is the u.s. providing? >> reporter: let me just date on something we are just finding out now. we'll hear from president obama today. he will be speak on libya. the u.n. man dated no-fly zone. the president will be speak on that today at some point this afternoon. as for japan the u.s. is providing humanitarian help. a team of experts is on the ground working with the japanese government trying to stablize that damaged fukushima complex. president obama says the u.s. has been providing search and
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rescue help and the u.s. military has distributed thousands of pounds of food and water to the japanese people. rick: let's talk about the radiation risk here at home. a lot of scientists are discounting it. president obama said don't worry about it. what are you hearing? >> reporter: we are talking about the leaking radiation from that nuclear complex. the obama administration says not to worry. here is more. >> we do not expect harmful levels of radiation to leach the west coast, alaska, hawaii or any of our pacific territories. >> reporter: there has between cargo from japan that has shown some levels of radiation, but not harmful amounts. martha: president obama is expected to make remarks on libya later today. that coming from a white house
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official. the president facing harsh cite sphism for his response or lack thereof to what was happening? japan and libya. a brand-new fox news poll shows his approval rating dipping to 49%. you see in february it was 51%. let's bring in juan williams. good morning. glad to have you with us. there has been a lot of discussion about the president hang back on this issue. nicolas sarkozy very much out in front calling on for the no my zone. hillary clinton is getting a lot of the credit for our involvement in the no-fly zone. writes the president on this and does it hurt us? >> the charge that he's looking in leadership and bold vision is starting to penetrate and transcend all that we understand the president to stand for and
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it's damaging to him. it's starting to drag down those numbers. 49% in the fox poll is still pretty good. i have seen some pollings that have him down 5 points. the direction of his approval numbers are going south, not north. i think in large part it's tagged to this yesterday's failing on the leadership question. he doesn't convey a sense of purpose to the american people. even anothing democrats there are questions about why he doesn't take a stronger position on where he should be going in terms of these budget discussions. where is he? martha: he will be on his way to brazil tonight. that's getting a lot of attention. why with the president be taking this trip to the south america. very important trade partners. very important that he go there at some point. we know these trips have a ton of planning. he has had to cancel a couple of
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trips. that being said we are dealing with heavy stuff right now. is this the time? >> i think it is the time. we have some stalled trade negotiations ongoing with many of these latin countries. and politics has gotten involved and unions have gotten involved to delight. but those trade deals should go through. he needs to take a stand in terms of promoting trade. we have to make a priority out of jobs. most americans would agree with that. i don't have any objection to the president's trip. the question is whether the president is doing enough on libya, on japan. those are the big issues people want to see and take action on. on libya most people don't want to see u.s. military intervention there. but on japan, i think people want to be center clear about what he's willing to do beyond humanitarian aid. martha: we have some numbers maybe we can put those up about the way people feel about
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military intervention in libya. people are gun shie on that. one person who is becoming oft quoted these days as he contemplates a potential run for white house us donald trump. here is what he said about this. take a look at these comments he had to another media outlet. he says you can't have the president of the united states work on his nine ire shots when japan is potentially one of the great problems ever. maybe it concept of asking what he should do. the concept of him flying over for a two-hour visit would be brilliant, in my opinion. it's an interesting question. should the president have just gone over. done one of the things they do in afghanistan and baghdad to show support. >> the donald is a celebrity.
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but that's not the role of the president of the united states. he's not the president of japan. what he should be doing is making it clear that we have an interest that relationship with that ally and we are waiting and willing to do anything we can and emphasize the fact we have -- someone says to me 15 naval ships in the region. we have humanitarian aid on the way and we are willing to get involved in terms of repair of those nuclear facilities. as a world leader he should have something to say. as for flying over there for two hours. that's a pretty long trip, martha. martha: take care. rick: search and rescue teams from the u.s., china and great britain combing through the wreckage in japan searching for any sign of life or victims. two of them describe the overwhelming process.
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>> you wonder how the local people who live here are going recover from it. >> we are work on a combined team with the united states and china. the idea is to slowly progress through all the buildings and vehicles to make sure there is no persons missing in them. rick: the u.s. rescue team says there is still hope for survivors but acknowledge the time is running out. martha: prince william speak out about the horror unfolding in japan during a memorial service of new england's earthquake. -- new zealand's earthquake. >> my grandmother once said that grief is the price we pay for love. today we love and we grieve.
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this community more than any other in the world can appreciate the full moror what is unfolding in japan. our thoughts and prayers are with them, too. martha: there are 166 confirmed deaths in the christchurch earthquake, but some remains have not yet been identified. that number could climb. prince william spending time visiting areas heavily damaged by that earthquake. rick: they had their own earthquake in new zealand then some search and rescue teams from new zealand went over to help in japan. martha: that family looking for their daughter we saw earlier, to search for remains. to help people reclaim their loved ones will be a tremendous undertaking in japan. hard to imagine at this point. rick: when we come back the
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a book on how nuclear energy will ... nuclear power. as you listen to what engineers and scientists are saying, burying this plant in japan. >> at chernobyl they didn't have a containment so they i am provides one at the end and dropped it and it worked. the point is to block that radiation from escaping. that's what's happening now. rick: we know there are cracks and problems. >> in this incident we are dealing with a spent fuel pool. rick: what is your take on how the tokyo electric power company has handled this catastrophy so far. >> it's a different culture. they have a culture of saving
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face. you want to keep everything on the steady keel. rick: what is the difference between saving face and not being honest. >> i think they have been reasonably honest. the fog of war. maybe the chairman was exaggerating when he said the pool had drained. rick: a headline i read, bungling and coverups define japanese industry. >> i don't think that's true at all. rick: the article went on to say it's a cozy relationship between the industry and the government regulators who are are willing to overlook problems. >> there was an earthquake five years ago and the outcome was 200 gallons of radioactive water was dumped into the pacific ocean. that's literally a drop in the ocean, yet a big deal was made out of it because they didn't reright. there is an enormous amount of
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phobia about radioactivity and nuclear that's factors into this. rick: the new york daily news. 14 near-miss nuclear accidents. the result, he actor owners and often the nuclear regulatory commission tolerated known safety problems. really? >> no. no. if somebody drops a wrench up at indian point it appears in the "new york times." every little thing that happens is considered a potential the accident. osha said the nuclear industry is safer than the real estate and finance industry. it's safer than sitting at your computer terminal. rick: this is a map that shows the nuclear power plants. 104 of them. we learned several of them happen to be near fault lines where seismic activity could
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take place. why should americans feel confident that the industry here in the u.s. and the government regulators who oversee it would do a better job than what's being done in japan. >> i think the japanese have done a reasonably good job. they have been hit with the largest earthquake in history. the containment survived -- all the containments in this country are designed to survive earthquakes of much greater magnitude. the industry is incredibly safe. they watch it -- they are all on the hook for $100 million for an accident at another reactor. the reactors watch each other constantly. a constant exchange of information. there has never been a fatality from radiation exposure in the nuclear industry in 50 years. rick: figure out an alternative cleaner source of energy is a
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good thing more the united states and the world. but at what cost. for folks who feel the danger -- >> i think this is the cleaner, safer source of energy. there isn't any -- everything has an environmental impact. people think natural gas. well, at the same tight the "new york times" is running a five-part series on the horrors of drilling for natural gas. you contaminate water tables. i think this is like fire. i was in a debate, someone said all the horrible things. i said what about fire. was it right to domesticate fire? how many cities have turned down because of fire. rick: the book is called "terrestrial energy." william tucker address a lot of concerns and questions people are asking right now. just moments after an american
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couple? japan became parents, that massive magnitude 9 earthquake struck. not you new family is back home in the u.s. and we'll hear from them coming up. martha: we look at how developments in libya and other things in this world will affect you at the pump.
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martha: positive reaction in the u.s. markets for a cease-fire in libya. that along with currency issues driving the dow higher, 131 points in the early going. we'll keep an eye on the action throughout "america's newsroom." rick: an emotional reunion in
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japan. tears of joy streaming down the face a man when he's reunited with his cousin. others not so lucky out of a population of 17,000 towns people, about half are still accounted for in this area and barely a single home in this town is still standing. martha: there is a special reunion to tell you about in texas. a couple returning home from japan with their newborn child. the infant was born in a tokyo hospital 30 minute before the world starting rocking. listen to this. >> it started shaking really hard. the nurse were awesome. every time it started shake again, you think i hope it's not another big one. went lack of sleep and the nuclear situation we decided it was best to come on home and
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take my patent leave here. >> to have a grand shield home safe and we can hug on them and love them, it's wonderful. martha: the dad was on a two-year work assignment in japan. they are enjoying that little one in her st. patrick's day garb in texas. rick: when we come back, new fears of radiation expose sewer worrying people in the united states. is there a real public health risk? we'll take a closer look. martha: japanese officials are calling it a race against time. a 48-hour window is now 24 hours into the overheating of the nuclear file rods. for complete coverage of the japanese earthquake, same and nuclear crisis log on to you can check in with us at
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martha: a "fox news alert," this morning, folks, reports that the radioactive fallout from japan's damaged nuclear plant is now starting to reach the air over southern california, but the first readings they are getting on this, show to be about a billion times beneath the levels that would be considered a health threat. good news and more on that, coming up, in japan, water being dropped on melting fuel rods from helicopters, barely reaching those crippled reactors, we have seen the water spray through the sky, like a squirt gun as michio kaku told us yesterday and the atomic experts from the u.s. working to contain this as well after the
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japanese government admitt it was simply overwhelmed, that news and request coming too late, how we start a new hour of "america's newsroom," happy friday, everybody, glad to have you with us, i'm martha maccallum. rick: i'm rick folbaum in for bill, i want to show you the graphic of the cloud of radioactive fallout. martha: the way they expect to it move across the ocean, amazing to watch, scientists say they are keeping a sharp eye out and have monitors on the coast and the debate, though, continues to rage over whether or not there could be any health threat, coming in that huge plume that you see across the pacific, william lajeunesse joins us from anaheim, california. good morning, william. >> reporter: good morning, you know, for one week now, these reactors have been spewing out nuclear materiel and of course the radioactivity enters the jetstream, ultimately, and crosses the pacific and will come to the west coast as well, hawaii, aleutian islands and the question is, what is the risk? believe it or not this machine will help tell us.
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it is part of rad-net, a $50 million network of 148 radiation detectors around the u.s. that provide real time data to the epa that allows them to see elevated levels of radiation. and, to assess the risk. the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat. the other half of this story involves a place called the national atmospheric relief advisory center of berkeley, california and they are using super computers to crunch the mountain of data to come up with real-time computer models of what is happening in the atmosphere, and tell us when and where the nuclear materiel is going to make landfall and the most important factors are wind speed, direction and turbulence. >> after an accident the atmosphere can make a tremendous difference, it can make the dilution radiation, between a
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serious and trivial, unimportant health consequence. >> reporter: to give you an idea of what can happen, this is an image of the nuclear cloud, after chernobyl. the fallout stretched across europe and most of russia and, experts say japan is very different, for two reasons, unlike chernobyl the release at fukushima was not high in the atmosphere, a big difference and, number 2, the amount of radiation released is much less. >> by the time it gets here, though, whatever radioactivity was emitted into the air will be dispersed and diluted over the six days and over 5,000 miles it took to get here. >> reporter: just to tell you how sensitive the machine is, if a person is walking by who is undergoing radiation therapy, for cancer, this will pick it up and they'll see it in virginia and again, risk is proportional to dose and, martha, and rick,
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what they say is, environmentally, and also, internally, and externally, there is no risk to americans, of a fallout from japan. back to you. martha: good news, thank you very much, good to see you this morning, william. rick: back in japan every moment counts when it comes to trying to cool the overheated reactors, and the united nations nuclear watchdog chief says the crisis is a race against time and reports say u.s. officials are alarmed by the way japan is handling the situation, one is quoted as saying the disaster could be deadly for decades, if japan does not get control of the plant within the next 24 hours. david piper is streaming live for us, from yokota airbase, you outside of tokyo with the latest. david? >> reporter: the next few hours seem to be crucial if we avoid a nuclear disaster here in japan. and, again, today, japanese military helicopters, carrying the huge buckets, dropped sea water onto these nuclear plants,
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trying to cool them down and, the plant is 150 miles northeast of here, and, it is called fukushima, and, there are great concerns in tokyo about what is going on there. also, at that plant, 25 trucks are still in action at this hour, and pouring water onto those reactors, and, reactor pools, trying to sort out the situation. engineers from tokyo electric have also now conceded they may have to bury the plant in sand and concrete as it may be the only way to contain the release of huge amounts of radiation into the air. officials hope to fix a power cable to at least two reactors, so they can restart the water pumps, and get that water pumping again, across those reactors. now, at this time, also, the japanese government has called for more u.s. help. u.s. military, 50,000 of them, are helping already, and we understand that there was a u.s. military fire truck up there, today, supplies here, from this
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airbase, are going up there, as well as ferrying up japanese troops to help the refugees up there, in the northeast, so, the at this critical time they are waiting to see if they can get the situation under control. back to you, rick. rick: david piper live outside of tokyo for us, thanks. martha: he said it there, the next 24 hours are crucial to the possibility of melt down in japan and, that has now prompted top american nuclear regulators, to review all of our country's power plants, and the nuclear regulatory commission says they will conduct a comprehensive safety review to ensure that u.s. plants can withstand a disaster, boy, this has been a big wake-up call for all the plants across the country. we have 104 of them here in the u.s., 23 of them are general electric mark-1 reactors, the same as they have in the fukushima plant in japan and we have told you stories of three people who worked on that,
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originally, resigning because they were afraid there were flaws in the plan and, nuclear power provides 1/5 of the power we have here in the u.s. already. rick: there is word this morning airports across the u.s. are now screening mail coming from japan, looking for radiation, officials say so far, no harmful amounts of radiation have been found but they are watching it, very closely, as a precaution. >> it comes regular mail, at that point, thus far we have not seen anything with the hazardous or dangerous level of radiation and at this point there is nothing for the customers to worry about. eric: japan is accepting international mail but officials warn deliveries to certain parts of the country may be delayed in the coming weeks. martha: a "fox news alert" for you now, libyan dictator, muammar qaddafi, declaring a cease-fire just as the united nations has given a green light for military action against him. colonel qaddafi reportedly
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stopping his deadly crack down on rebel forces and civilians, that is not before we got bad news out of misrata which we'll hear about in a moment, he says he'll lead his country back to safety, at the same time has thumbed his nose at the international community. listen to this: >>. >> translator: the union security council has no mandate and we do not acknowledge resolution. it is not a war between two respective countries and the security council plays a role. martha: all right, rick leventhal joins us live. at the border of egypt and libya. rick, good morning to you. >> reporter: qaddafi, certainly unpredictable. well, friday is a holiday weekend day in libya, so, it is a little quieter than it might be and we are hearing horns honking and flags waving and, woke up to loud celebrations
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overnight, we were near the libyan-egyptian border and heard gunfire as locals found out about the no-fly zone established by the u.n. and began shooting weapons into the air but as you said the libyan government sort of giving mixed messages at this point, they did declare they would cooperate with the u.n. resolution and declared an immediate cease-fire, saying all military operations would stop. but, a few hours earlier, muammar qaddafi's son was talking tough saying they were not afraid of the u.n. move and the army would surround us in benghazi and anti-terror forces would be sent into disarm the rebels. that has not happened but before libya announced the cease-fire, as you said, they unleashed a barrage of artillery and tank fire on misrata in the west and hit home in the city center and residents called it the heaviest bombardment yet and reuters reports 25 were killed today, 25 killed today alone of the shelling this morning, before
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qaddafi announced the cease-fire and we are waiting on now, is more word on who will carry out the no-fly zone. we know that france offered to lead the effort, we know britain already is sending fighter jets to the region and italy offered the use of its military base, to support the no-fly zone. what is not clear yet is when and if these jets will then begin flying into this country to take out qaddafi's strategic locations. anti-aircraft installations, radar sites, possibly military installations, so we're still waiting to see if that happens, and still waiting to see if qaddafi stays true to his word and continues the cease-fire, martha. martha: will be interesting to see if that he cease-fire announcement has an impact on what we heard this morning in the states, possibly imminent flights in there by the british, and by the french, rick leventhal is in benghazi, i should point out, not the border of libya and egypt, he moved over to the benghazi region of libya, a hotbed of what is going on, rick, thank you so much, we'll check back in with you later today.
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and in the meantime reports just coming in, this past hour, the radiation plume from japan has now reached the continental u.s. so, how worried should americans be about this? we have had reports that this will be safe, that it is nothing to be concerned about. has the president done enough in his handling of this situation? send me your thoughts on that. send me a tweet, @martha maccallum, coming up. rick: and oil and gas price going back up, what you should be ready for, we'll talk about that. >> and a dramatic homecoming for a missionary jailed in haiti, for months. bill hemmer interviewed his wife, you may remember, last week and now the homecoming and details, straight ahead.
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rick: reports that radiation from japan's damaged nuclear plant now reached the coast of california. but the levels are described as,
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quote, minuscule and doctors and nuclear experts say so far, there is very little threat to public health. >> most of the experts now believe that even by the time that air mass comes over here from japan, you know, 6 days later, and 5,000 miles, throw they are high radiation levels in japan, by the time it is here it is disperse and diluted and, is not expected to be a health risk to anyone. rick: people have a lot of question and the california department of public health set up a hotline for concerned residents. it also has its own network monitoring air, water and soil for any harmful substances. martha: president obama and the nuclear regulatory commission down playing the nuclear threat here at home. listen to this: >> president barack obama: we do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the west coast, hawaii, alaska, or u.s. territories in the pacific. that is the judgment of our nuclear regulatory commission,
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and many other experts. furthermore, the centers for disease control and prevention and public health experts do not recommend the people in the united states take precautionary measures, beyond staying informed. and, going forward, we will continue to keep the american people fully updated. because i believe that you must know what i know as president. martha: that was his statement, yesterday, american nuclear experts now working to contain the radiation at that crippled power plant and we are told they have 24 hours, that this time period is crucial, right now and all the over to help, after japan admitted, finally, that they were indeed overwhelmed by the scale of that catastrophe and started accepting help from outside countries. but, nearly a week went by so is president obama doing enough to handle this situation? mary anne marsh joins me, a former senior advisor to senator john kerry and the former chairman of the republican party for the state of virginia, is
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now the vice president of the young americans foundation and welcome, ladies, to you both thank. >> ago, martha. martha: good morning, mary ann and kate, a lot has been said about how the president handled this and it was the first time he mentioned the issue of radiation was yesterday, almost a week after we started getting these reports, mary ann. >> i think the president has struck just the right tone on this one, where he's reassured americans but at the same time done everything he can to protect americans in japan and protect our interests there by using the information we have about their reactors, and the 50 mile zone, evacuating ex-pats, i think has forced the japanese government to be more for the coming than they would have been otherwise and not inciting any panic for reason for concern here in the u.s., at the same time. martha: when do you think of the reaction to all of this. >> i'm surprised, that mary ann says he has done all he can, it wasn't until yesterday he
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addressed the american people on the growing concern, almost hysteria about the nuclear situation, obviously the president should have come out quickly, authoritatively, but snead we see our president talking on espn about basketball and school bullying and, women's history month and people are on the edge of their seats, wanting leadership and guidance from their president and really, it has only been today and a little bit yesterday we are hearing about u.s. efforts in japan and what is being done. where was the international effort, led by the united states, to determine what the actual nuclear threats were as soon as the tsunami hit and it seems to me there has been a complete lack of leadership, from the president in defending and supporting one of our best allies in the world. martha: mary ann, his numbers dipped a little bit and the criticism of the leadership issue has come from democrats as well. you know, overall, when you look at that list of things we did hear from the president on, and
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those are all things that you would expect a president to deal with in due course throughout the week anyway but is the communications team putting forward the vision of the president the way they should be in terms of what -- enormity of what is going on now in the world. >> i think the barack obama, you have seen this week is the barack obama you saw run for president, and how he has handled himself throughout the presidency, whether egypt or anything else. he is a very incremental, step-by-step guy and has put his surrogates out there and the fellow to testify in front of the senate about the fact there was no water in the reactors and does that on a daily, necessary incremental basis, and i think that that is the right way to do it. to do anything more would incite the hysteria that kate talked about which there isn't any. i mean, the fact is -- >> a very good point. because, when you look at the presidency and this particular man, there should be no surprise and he's a very deliberative person and he hangs back, he
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evaluation the situation, the same can be said perhaps of what is going on in libya, that he wanted to get international cooperation, on that, and, now it appears that we did get it through the u.n., international cooperation on it, the u.s. not in front of that, what do you think of that? >> i think your term, deliberative, is generous, martha. i would tend to call it almost incompetent but i agree this is nothing different from what we have been saying from day one on egypt and libya and other situations around the world where the president has hung back to see where public opinion is going to go. when he talks about the nuclear situation -- talked about the nuclear situation said, he said our nuclear reactors are safe but might not be safe, america has no -- there is no danger but there might be danger. this president is incapable of taking a clear, strong stand. this is one of our greatest allies around the world. martha: i get where you are going, kate, mary ann, thank you very much.
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and there are a lot of big events playing out, for any president on his plate, we'll see how things turn out as we head through the week, ladies, thank you so much. >> thanks, martha. rick: if you are just starting your friday, there is developing news you need to know about out of libya this morning, the libyan government declared a cease-fire while muammar qaddafi made a statement of his own and it sounded a lot like a threat. we'll tell you more about that. martha: and the situation in libya prompting another spike in oil and gas prices, folks. this is not good news as we head into the warm weather and the weekend. what it means for you, at the pumps, right after this, in "america's newsroom."  fiber one chewy bar. how'd you do that? do what? you made it taste like chocolate. it has 35%
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are up and are expected to continue their rapid rise, the crisis in japan, uncertainty in libya, and the middle east, the approaching summer travel season, all expected to squeeze supply and drive up demand and that means, we'll be paying for it. a lot of americans are alarmed by this. a new fox news poll shows gas prices topped their list of worries right now, above everything else, 88% of americans are extremely or very concerned about gas prices, eric bolling is with the network network. eric? 88%. >> that's right. and, not a surprise, $3.55 a gallon, on its way substantially higher and all the things you cited, libya, yes, and, saudi arabia, you hear what they did just this morning. rick: gave out billions of dollars. >> gave their citizens billions of dollars not to protest. and eventually they say, okay, thanks a lot, now we'll go protest, and tunisia, to cairo and over to libya, and maybe saudi arabia and bahrain, yemen, the middle east is starting to
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really heat up. and if it ends up in saudi arabia, prices will spike but prices, in the meantime have been going up, not necessarily on the national average you see, but in the world gasoline markets, up 50, 60 cents since the rising started and will eventually make -- uprising started and will make its way to the pump. rick: you are more of a hands-off kind of guy but should this government do something to get the prices under control. >> absolutely. rick: like what? >> drill. it won't affect a gallon tomorrow but will affect the world gasoline and crude oil markets and i'm talking about, right now. i have been over this 100 times, when george bush lifted the moratorium on offshore drilling, the prices tumbled and went from $147 to $33, in six months. it wasn't a long -- over a course of years, it was 6 months and it was dramatic and not because we got one single barrel out of the ground within that six-month period, it is because
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the policy was to drill more and that is the only way we'll get it especially with what is going on in japan, and now we are hearing, ed markey of massachusetts and senator lieberman and chuck schumer in new york, saying, maybe we better rethink our nuclear policy. if you do that, that is own going to drive the price of oil straight up. if you don't use nukes you will use some form of oil, fossil fuel and is more demand. rick: you are not alone, a fox poll shows 40% of americans think that new drilling would be the best way to handle the crisis right now with gas prices, on the way up. eric bolling, and be sure and catch eric mondays through wednesdays, and also on fridays. we should make a song out of that. 10:00 p.m... follow the money, on the fox business channel. good to see you. martha: can't get rid of that guy, on the air all the time. just turn on the t.v. many thanks to eric and rick and, how about this story,
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coming up, a dramatic turn of events in libya this morning, people, the united nations voted to implement the no-fly zone and then, the government of libya, leader, muammar qaddafi suddenly announces he wants to put in place a cease-fire in his country. but not before they killed 25 more people in miss rat ta, could that affect any potentially u.s. military plans? live at the pentagon with the latest and, during the commercial break go to our web site, a fabulouses web site, che -- fabulous web site, has the president gone a good job handling the libyan situation, we have 116,000 people who weighed in on this and most say no. go to the web site, you weigh in and tell us what you think and we will be right back with more, right here in "america's newsroom" on a busy friday, folks. we'll be right back. ale announc] escape convention. introducing the most fuel-efficient luxury car available. the radically new 42 mile per gallon ct hybrid from lexus.
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bill: "fox news alert," it is half past the hour and the government of libyan leader muammar qaddafi announcing a cease-fire this morning, saying that pro qaddafi loyalists will stop all military operations against the opposition forces. this follows the united nations vote authorizing the go-ahead to protect the libyan people by, quote, all necessary measures including implementing a no-fly zone and probably more, doug mcelway is live at the trpentag
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today. what are you hearing. >> reporter: things are happening fast and furiously, a pentagon official telling fox news things are still in the planning mode and key elements have to be planned out, first, what nations are involved in the no-fly zone and secondly, which nation will lead the no-fly zone effort and which nation will play what roles in the no-fly zone and the pentagon officially cancelled the press briefing for today, in all likelihood, they do not want to get out in front of the white house here, with things changing so rapidly and to describe them as changing is an understatement, things were up ended this morning when the libyan foreign minister took to the airwaves, to invoke this so-called cease-fire. here's what he had to say. >> translator: therefore, libya has decided an immediate
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cease-fire and, the stoppage of military operations. >> reporter: of course the key to this is not the pronouncement of the cease-fire but whether qaddafi's forces actually obeyed as you guys have said, a few moments ago, a report on the wires, that 25 people are dead in one libyan city and appears not to be taking hold and whether that changes, we don't know. rick? rick: back to the vote at the u.n. with the security council. interesting, not just because of the nations who voted for the no-fly zone, and what other measures are necessary, but, also for those countries, on the security council that abstained, right? >> reporter: so true, those countries which abstained, germany, india, china and russia, and russia, perhaps the most interesting of them all, but russian u.n. ambassador saying, quote the passion of some security council members for military force prevailed. they are apparently worrieded about a widening war, in the region and -- worried about a
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ridening war in the region and, see a double standard, why impose it over libya but not bahrain where the royal family enlisted the support of saudi arabia to quash the rebellion there. rick? rick: doug, thanks so much. martha: political unrest continues to rage across the middle east, from yemen to bahrain, to saudi arabia. the death toll is climbing, dramatically. as millions protest deadly government crack downs, reena ninan following it live from jerusalem, today. good morning. >> reporter: martha, there may be a cease-fire in libya but counter revolutions are taking out throughout the middle east, you might call it the era of revolt, and, the death toll rises in yemen to 30 after morning prayers, there were clashes between security forces and pro-government gunmen who opened fire against the protesters, and, yemen has seen weeks of demonstrations against the rule there, the 32 years of
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rule by president saleh, who promised to step down in 2013 and offered a new constitution, giving more powers to parliament, but his critics say they want him out and want him out now and protesters say they've had enough of the corruption and high unemployment and most yemenis live in less than 2 ai$2 a day, and bahrain, police stood by in riot gear and a senior iranian cleric, said, to keep up the protests, will death and persian gulf leaders worry about iran's growing influence and saudi arabia, even sending troops into help them with reinforcements. speaking of saudi arabia, today, king beabdullah is offering cas and, minimum wage increases and cash gifts and loans and the
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give package representing the multi-billions, martha. martha: incredible story in saudi arabia the way they are going about that, we'll see if it works, reena ninan reporting from jerusalem. rick: a new way forward in bringing gitmo detainees to justice. a delegation of republican senators returning from the military prison at guantanamo bay. in cuba. introducing a new bill aimed at improving the treatment and prosecution of terror suspects with nine key provisions, senator kelly ayott, is a new hampshire republican and serves on the senate armed services committee. good morning, senator, nice to talk to you. >> great to be here with you. rick: you wrote an op-ed piece, that was just published and, my reading of it that you feel that the president's policies regarding gitmo, and the terror detainees there, is making americans less safe. am i right? >> you are absolutely right. you know, 25% of the detainees
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that have been released from gitmo are rejoining the fight. they are committing suicide attacks, they are recruiting other terrorists and actually the number two in al qaeda in the arabian peninsula is back and one of the top commanders in the taliban was a former detainee of gitmo. rick: and you say it is a badge of honor to have served in guantanamo bay and then to be released. >> unfortunately it is a badge of honor in the terrorist world and the problem is the administration has no plans for, if tomorrow, we were to capture ayman al-zawahiri, the number 2 in al qaeda, no plan of where to put them and i asked secretary gates at an armed services hearing and he said i honestly don't know and we don't have a plan and we need to keep guantanamo open for the detainees there and make sure they can't get back into kill americans and also if we capture another terrorist tomorrow, a place to put them, they should
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go to gitmo. rick: the president who at one point talked about wanting to close guantanamo bay, it seems like he has come to the conclusion, at least politically speaking and maybe even logistically speaking it will not be possible in the near term. what are you hearing from the white house, as you talk to members of the administration, about all of this? and what would you recommend the president do? >> what i -- certainly the president, is keeping gitmo open for now but is not -- if someone is captured tomorrow, the secretary gates has said they have no plans for where they would put a high value terrorist. and, there is no plan for that. that is troubling, what i'm hearing from the administration, i think, also, is a lack of clarity on the issue of what to do with the detainees that should be brought to trial there. i firmly believe, i got a chance to go to gitmo, i'm a former prosecutor, there is a top-notch courtroom, right there, ready to try, for example, khalid sheikh mohammed and the other
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co-conspirators from 9/11 and the administration should go forward and make sure there is some measure of justice by trying them in a military commission at guantanamo. rick: and quickly, senator the proposal you and your colleagues have come up with, do you think -- does it have legs? will it pass in the senate? will it become law? >> think the issue of protecting america is one i know the house of representatives is also working on. there is very strong support in the senate, senator lieberman has joined our efforts. and we need to make sure that america is kept safe so i'm confident that this proposal will go forward, because, we need to protect our country, we are still at war with terrorists and the fact that 25% of those that we have released from gitmo, are going back into the theater to kill americans and there is something wrong with our detention policies. and, the legislation we have, will help fix that. rick: that is something, the 25% number, i think will ratise a lt of eyebrows, kelly, junior
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senator from new hampshire, thanks for coming on. >> thanks, rick. take care. rick: you, too. martha: traces of radiation have been detected on u.s. flights back from japan. details on that and also the radiation plume that has reportedly now reached the continental u.s. this morning, we'll give you the latest information just coming in on that. rick: in japan, a race against the clock, u.s. experts are warning that if japanese officials don't get control of the planted in the next 24 hours, they could have a situation that could prove to be deadly for decades. can they realistically get it under control? and what if they don't? we'll ask the nuclear experts, straight ahead. we wiped the slate clean.
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martha: there are dire warnings this morning about japan's nuclear crisis, now coming from the u.s. and from the united nations. one has a potential to be quote, deadly for decades. and the situation, if japan doesn't get it under control, within the next 24 hours, and, so far we have seen nothing to suggest that that is going to happen. america now sent its own team of nuclear experts to assess the situation, can that help, make a difference, the oversight project director at beyond nuclear, a nuclear watchdog group, joins us today, paul, welcome, good to have you here. >> good morning, thank you. martha: what do you make of the 24 hour dead line, first of all. >> it is a situation unraveling now for, almost -- 8 days, depending on which side of the date lean you are on, but, it is getting worse, and our concern is that this is a bad design,
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the mark-1 general electric reactor, it is an old plant, these are 40 years old and the -- face the worst environmental disasters we could imagine and, it shows the inherent danger of nuclear power and we are very concerned and it looks to be a very dire situation. i am losing hope as time goes by. martha: let's talk about the possible options in front of them, right now, they continue to drop water from the helicopters, but, more and more people are discussing the chernobyl option as it has been labeled. which is to go in there with some kind of concrete cap or dumping concrete and sandbags over the thing to basically snuff it out, for lack of a better description. >> well, it wouldn't exactly snuff it out, as it would put a -- an additional barrier over the radiation, this type of action has its own unique kinds
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of hazards. particularly, to the pilots that would be bringing in that -- all of that debris to dump ore ver chernobyl, the firefighters and pilots, died, after the actions, and, if the cooling is not restored and the motors and pumps don't work... martha: we know they are trying to get them back up and running and are running a mile-long cable to get some kind of power generated in the area so the cooling system could possibly kick back in but you describe a very, you know, not a great situation, for anybody who would take on that role of being the helicopter pilot, to take on this concrete chernobyl option. is there any way, have we learned anything about the way it was done in chernobyl we might be able to prevent to save the lives of helicopter pilots if they did that in the
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situation? >> let's remember the chernobyl accident in 1986 required 600,000 conscripted workers to go in for the cleanup operation. this is a tremendous undertaking, and what we are looking at at fukushima daiichi is bigger. unprecedented. it is really going to be touch and go, and i don't know that -- when you have the fires of hell in front of you, what do you do? martha: good question, sir. and that seems to be what they are dealing with. in japan. four reactors, all in potential meltdown in the next 24 hours according to the scientists who have been talking about this, paul gunter, thank you, not a great situation. >> maybe next time. martha: rick? rick: thank you, car makers in japan are on high alert, as you probably imagine after news that certain products could be tainted with radiation. and now, we'll tell you what they are doing to try to tackle the problem. also, new concerns bofor the ste department as our diplomats
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scramble to get americans out of japan. >> does it concern you that they found traces of radiation levels on people coming back on these planes from japan, from tokyo? >> well, i guess -- i didn't know that. so, yeah, that is a little concerning.   
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rick: a "fox news alert," secretary of state hillary clinton talking to reporters at the state department, this morning. in light of the u.n. resolution on libya yesterday, word today of a possible cease-fire on the part of the libyan government. it does appear as though the world is mobilizing for some kind of action to try to stop muammar qaddafi and his regime. and, so the secretary asked about an end game. here's what she had to say.
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>> well, first, as to libya, obviously, the united states is very pleased with yesterday's vote. it sent a strong message that needs to be heeded. the efforts by the international community to come together to make clear to currently qaddafi that he cannot continue his violence against his own people, he cannot continue to attack those who started out by peacefully demonstrating for changes that are within the right of any human being, to do so. and, the fact that he now has received not just the message of those of us who have been calling for him to end and the fact that he lost the legitimacy but the arab league and the statement that they called for
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with respect to the resolution. rick: secretary clinton moments ago. she said the no fly zone is one option on the table. there are others. and she said the final result of the u.n. resolution that passed yesterday, must be the departure of muammar qaddafi. we'll have more on this, coming up. martha: so many flights returning to the u.s. from japan, on some of those they have detected small amounts of radiation. and screening devices detected radiation at airports, dallas fort worth a shipment has trace amounts of it and now airlines are planning flight paths that keep planes away from any potential radioactive clouds. meanwhile, americans living in japan, trying to, many of them, get out. >> we have been advised by the u.s. ambassador and by a nuclear expert friend of mine that we should get out for now. otherwise, we wouldn't leave, because we love it here and
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don't want to leave. >> it is more my children. i'm scared. >> does it concern you that they found trace radiation levels on people coming back on these planes from japan? from tokyo? >> well, i guess i didn't know that. so, yeah, that is a little concerning. sure, it is. >> i go the other way, i am not concerned and will be minor, if anything, at this point. martha: and, many pilots and flight attendants are using up their vacation time, right now, to avoid flights in and out of there, waiting until the situation gets a little bit more under control. a lot of tension surrounding all of that. rick: when we come back, new questions about whether libya's opposition group can stand its ground as countries join the u.s. in enforcing the no-fly zone, the vote at the u.n. you heard secretary of state hillary clinton talking about, more on that coming up at the top of the
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bill: an american minister held in a haitain jail is a free man now. he is being tkpwraoelted by his daughter and pregnant wife touching down in florida last night. the 29-year-old started a ministry and orphanage in haiti. he was thrown in prison because of what he says was confusion over his paperwork. he plans to go back to haiti soon despite the ordeal. >> i had some pizza hut pizza. i think next is a stake.
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i've taken about six showers, i think one more will be in order tonight, but i'm looking forward to the birth of joseph and just a time of rest and relaxing and get some strength and energy back, but we'll definitely be turning to haiti in short order. bill: he says he was never formally charged with a crime during his time in that haitain jail. martha: so nice to see the reunion, we had his wife on, and it was a horrific ordeal they went through. they don't call it wildlife for nothing, folks. a vicious squirrel is on the prowl in vermont. one man said he was attacked from behind while shoveling snow. next door neighbors reported similar encounters with this little guy. apparently he bit her and is persistent. >> he latched onto my shoulder and i went back, and


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